Cycle Wits is an advocacy committee formed from the ground up. It comprised of staff and students who already cycle to or from Wits, and who believe in the trans-formative potential of commuter cycling. We are working with university administrative structures to make our University commuter cycling friendly.
We have identified three levels of mobilisation and action. The first comprises of changes that the University could make to its own operations and infrastructure. The second comprises of the role that we envision that the university could play in engaging with the wider community, including other universities and the City of Johannesburg. We have presented a comprehensive document to the University that outlines all it can do in the long and short term to make cycling a real option for students and staff. The third comprises of things to which every Wits cyclist (all Cycle Wits members included) will be able to contribute without a major investment of infrastructure or resources, in order to build a commuter cycling friendly university. You will find out more about all of our activities in relation to this last point on this blog. Some of our plans for future engagement include: helping to plan bike-trains from our neighbourhoods, sharing information on second hand bikes for sale, giving advice on cycle routes, and helping to train fellow Wits cyclists about cycle safety and more.
We are committed to working with the university to provide input from the perspectives of commuter cyclists, and to helping to grow and nurture a culture of commuter cycling on our campuses.
Read more about our vision for a commuter cycling friendly university in our discussion document: Cycle Wits Vision. This document outlines what cycling can do for our university, and what our university can do for cycling.